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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University (currently on the academic job market). I conduct research on international conflicts, with a particular emphasis on civil-military relations and nuclear policy. Additionally, I conduct research into East Asian foreign policy issues. My work on nuclear politics has been accepted in International Studies Quarterly. My research on Korean legislative voting on war issues also received an invitation to revise and resubmit.

I completed my M.A. in International Relations at Seoul National University in 2016. I was a Korea Foundation Visting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2014. I have been awarded a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship. My dissertation, A Variety of Political Control Strategies in Civil-Military Relations, examines how external security threats affect the control of the military in non-democratic regimes and what are the impacts of military control on other security issues and leader survival. 

I am a member of Dr. Matthew Fuhrmann's research group, the International Security Lab. The lab's research is concentrated on diplomacy and deterrence, military technology, alliances, leadership, and foreign policy decision-making. You can learn more about my professional and educational background from my CVI can be contacted at